Swimsuits? Wait… What? Times, they are a-changing, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. In the past, plus-size women have had to settle for whatever over sized, floral, and frankly not-so-cute bathing suit they could find, but it’s 2016, and swim designs for the size 14-plus set are finally on-trend.
As awesome as the variety is, it can be daunting to rifle through so many sites and racks to find the best piece. That’s why we’ve curated a collection of the styles we’re loving this season. Embellishments or live for minimalism, there’s something for every style, budget, and body. Find yours ahead; it’s time to take back the beach.
Cutout swimsuits are dominating summer style, and thankfully there are options for every comfort level, from teeny-tiny slices to full-on lattice work. If you’re worried about funky tan lines, we’d say this trend is worth it.
A basic black bikini gets a boost with a center cutout.
Minimalist bathing suits can be surprisingly challenging to find in plus sizes, as so many brands feel the need to add ruching, twists, or some sort of fabric detailing. Think of this as the palate cleanser to all other swim trends this season. To pull it off, stick to solid colors, avoid ornaments, and look for designs that cut higher up on your hip.
LACES & TIES
Lace-up pieces are still majorly popular, so there’s no real surprise that this trend has infiltrated swim wear, as well. Many designs feature laces on the hips or back, though there’s nothing wrong with a lace-front style that calls to a certain spring dress you can’t stop wearing.
If you’re loving the cutout trend but are stressed about exposing so much skin, consider mesh-lined swimsuits your solution. Mesh is like entry-level skin-baring. Plus there’s just something about that fishnet look that belongs in a body of water.
Ruffles are everywhere, so it’s no surprise they’re taking their talents poolside. There’s something inherently girly about flouncy fabric, but these frills are decidedly less froufrou.
Always cool and edgy, asymmetry is in this summer, and we couldn’t be happier. There’s no quicker way to dial up your look than with something a bit off-kilter, and these swimsuits nail that. Many one-shoulder designs also dip into other trends, so chances are you’ll be able to get your fashion fix with any of these styles.
This might be one of the easiest trends to get into, literally. Its fashion-meets-function at its finest, and its versatility allows you to expose as much (or as little) skin as you want.
Tankinis are seeing an explosive growth in popularity with women of all shapes and sizes, but especially among plus size women. A tankini was prominently featured on a plus size swim wear segment of the Today Show at the start of the 2007 summer season and was an immediate hit. Plus size women’s clothing has been leading the way in design that is both stunningly beautiful and inventively functional with the plus size tankini being perhaps the ultimate example of this.
When you combine the incredible range of patterns, colors, styles, and variations of plus size tankinis, the selection becomes almost limitless. Tankinis combine true comfort with figure flattering styling that make them the first choice in plus size swim wear today.
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